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shiftless (adj.)

"wanting in resources or energy and ability to shift for oneself," 1580s, from shift (n.1) in the sense "resources" + -less. Related: Shiftlessly; shiftlessness.

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Definitions of shiftless

shiftless (adj.)
lacking or characterized by lack of ambition or initiative; lazy;
studied in a shiftless way
a shiftless student
From wordnet.princeton.edu